Old man ankles

Well, it’s not yet Christmas and already Project: Aquaman has taken a serious hit. I was making myself run, every day or at least every second day, and while it wasn’t terribly enjoyable, I felt I was improving, and this was motivating. The kilometres piled up.

Unfortunately, it’s all turned to crap, because my basketball-ruined ankles are not up to consistent running. The left ankle went stiff, crunching and crackling as I tried to rotate it. Very painful. I feared loose bone fragments in the joint, as has happened in the past (resulting in two clean up surgeries). Stairs became complex. The foot turned into a kind of brick.Sleeping was uncomfortable.

Off to the doctor for an x-ray. No loose bone, meaning no surgery, but a rather blunt message that running was not the best activity for this ankle. We can do some injections, he said, cortisone and some other procedure explained to me in German which I didn’t fully understand. But the situation would only be improved with no running for a while. Perhaps, no more running at all.

The first, ahem, step is to take a break for a couple of weeks and use the prescription gel on the joint (though this is a bit like waving a feather at a roaring fire, because it does nothing!!!). I can still swim, but my kick is lame and I can’t really push off the wall. The ankle does, however, feel better after swimming, making me recall all those laps I did after all the various operations (4, including the insertion and removal of two screws after a messy break) on said ankle.

As I ruined the ankle (and my lower back) playing high-level basketball (if only for a few seasons), I’m impressed to see guys playing into their late-30s in the NBA; pushing their worn out joints through another 82 game season. How do they do it?

So, Project: Aquaman really is now just about water. For the moment, I’m allowed to swim (too bloody cold for bike riding). But it’s not all bad news; the foot is slowly starting to feel better. I think that the new training program will have to be dialled back, with running only every second or third day. Doc said the cold doesn’t help either.

Ah injuries. This interesting documentary didn’t really make me feel any better, but it’s worth watching. http://vimeo.com/51345348


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